Tabua: Power of Life or Death
A “Tabua” (pronounced tam-boo-uh) is an early- to mid-19th century Polynesian ornament representing wealth & status of the owner. Whale teeth were the basis of several island economies, and personal position. The acquisition of multiple tabuas was one way to become chief of a local tribe, and tabua presentations were a strong way to gain favor with the king.
Offered for the first time in years an original Antoine-Louis Barye monument
I’m happy to announce that I’ve been contracted to sell one of the most important bronze collectibles to come on the market in quite some time. It’s an original work by French Romantic Artist Antoine-Louis Barye (1796–1875), the foremost animal sculptor or animalier of the 19th century.
Political Items in Worthopedia
When trying to find an interesting topic for my blog, I thought I would look in our own Worthopedia here at WorthPoint to provide inspiration. After all, there are more than 1 million, if not 2 million, auction items from several hundred auction houses listed here. There had to be something I could talk about.
When a President Visits
Christmas Eve can sometimes be a rather hectic day for retail sales, particularly so when you have unusual political and presidential collectible items to offer. However, no matter how busy you are, everything comes to a complete standstill when a president of the United States visits your shop.
Antiques and Art Provenance Matters
Originating from the French verb “provenir” (to stem from), provenance is the history of ownership of art, antiques and collectibles. As an all-important record of an art object’s trail from its origin to its present owner, provenance affirms the authenticity of the work and increases its art-market value.
Is Dot on 1875 Cent Reverse the Secret Mark?
The hunt to identify a “secret mark” on the reverse of an 1875 Indian Head cent which has persisted for some thirty-six years may have finally been successful. This year a coin appraiser, assessing coins for an auction had his attention drawn to a particular 1875 Indian cent. The coin had a tiny raised dot on one of the letters in the denomination.
Hispanic Heroes of the DCU
Cinco De Mayo is here again and in honor of Mexican independence day I thought a list of some famous Hispanic Super Heroes from the DC Universe and their first appearances was in order. The first that comes to mind is the current Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes. Just last week DC published and all Spanish issue of “Blue Beetle”.
Understanding Antiques—Birth of the Arts and Crafts Movement
This Week in Geek: 7/30
This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by Worthpoint Comicbook Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday Matt takes a look at the weeks new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the hot links for previews and more information on the books discussed here
Stolen Shakespeare, George W. dum gum, Sgt. Pepper and baseball collectibles
Catching a possible Shakespeare thief, honoring a legacy of political collectibles, a record for Beatles memorabilia and the end of a Yankees era make recent antiques and collectibles news, while a work by a female painter fetches record prices in the contemporary-art market.